C. Michigan Chippewas

FBS RankingOffenseDefense
Rushing115.8 (93rd)187.0 (88th)
Passing274.2 (25th)241.8 (72nd)

Chippewas report: Notes, quotes

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--Quarterbacks coach Jay Johnson left the program to take a position at Louisiana-Lafayette. CMU coach Dan Enos named Morris Watts as the program's new quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator. Watts, a 41-year veteran of collegiate and professional coaching, has coached in 12 bowl games.

--The CMU program might have suffered through a 3-9 mark in 2010, but several former players have shed light on the program during the NFL playoffs. Four former Chippewas will be a part of Super Bowl XLV, tied for the most of any college program in the country, putting CMU with the likes of LSU, Ohio State and Tennessee. Cullen Jenkins, Frank Zombo and Josh Gordy are with the NFC Champion Green Bay Packers, while Antonio Brown has become a key figure for the Pittsburgh Steelers in his rookie season.


Practice begins: March 15

Practice priorities: The Chippewas must shore up some holes on defense. The graduation of Nick Bellore and Matt Berning is a big loss. The two linebackers were solid leaders and combined for 192 tackles last season. The Chippewas committed too many turnovers and lost several close games. Working on better efficiency on offense and avoiding mistakes is something coach Dan Enos is putting an emphasis on during his second year. Quarterback Ryan Radcliff had a solid season in his first year as a starter, but getting more consistent and learning the offense and cutting down on mistakes is a spring priority.

"I think fans just have to be patient and understand we are doing things the right way and we are going to be a very good and very competitive football team again very soon. It may not be on everyone else's timetable. I just ask that you be patient and support us and know that we are doing things the right way. We come in every day and are working our tails off to make this football team something fans can be proud of and working toward being a team that competes for championships every year and plays in bowl games every year." -- CMU coach Dan Enos on telling fans to be patient.

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